February 9, 2021
2021 Absalom Jones Symposium to explore racial inequities, environmental justice
The Bishop Herbert Thompson, Jr. Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians, the Diocese of Southern Ohio and Christ Church Cathedral will present our 35th Annual Symposium and Ecumenical Worship Service celebrating the life and ministry of the Rev. Absalom Jones and the Rev. Richard Allen on Saturday, February 13, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this annual event will be presented virtually via Zoom.

The free symposium will feature three highly regarded presenters speaking on our theme “The Impact of Racial Inequities to Environmental Justice in America” followed by an Ecumenical Worship Service. Registration is required. Learn more and register at https://cincinnaticathedral.com/absalom-jones/
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Learning more about Absalom Jones
On February 13 we celebrate the Rev. Absalom Jones, the first Black American priest in the Episcopal Church.

To learn more about how he was and is a light in our church, check out this video from author Deborah Nelson Linck: https://youtu.be/jIYjgEpxXP8

and the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing: https://www.centerforracialhealing.org/about
Lenten Film Club

Looking for a Lenten formation practice for yourself, your family or your church? How about the spiritual practice of watching movies? Engage in a different type of Lenten practice, The 2021 Lenten Film Club: Films in the Wilderness.

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Training during the pandemic

Although we are not able to offer in-person trainings at this time due to COVID-19, Safe Church training and Anti-Racism are still both available to all in the diocese, and are a requirement for those who hold leadership roles in a congregation.

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More news
Nominations for Society of St. Simeon and St. Anna

Is there a senior member of your congregation who is the epitome of positive aging? The Society of St. Simeon and St. Anna of the Diocese of Southern Ohio is now accepting nominations for candidates to be inducted into the class of 2021.

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Connecting with the bishop
Bishop Price is hosting periodic opportunities for the lay people in the diocese to gather (virtually) with him and chat. Each gathering will have a focused topic and time allocated for open discussion. The next Zoom gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The conversation will be recorded and made available for those who are unable to attend. If we reach our maximum attendance, another call will be added. You must pre-register to attend. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation along with your unique Zoom login. If you find you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation to allow space for others to join.

Register in advance for this meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAscuuqrTkuGdFkHVq0pmQp1yZJtXF9zm5N After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
February Administrative webinar: Annual Reporting Form
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Friday, February 19, 12 p.m.
What is the Annual Reporting Form? We filled out our Parochial Report, why do we need to do this too?

Learn about the diocesan Annual Reporting Form, why we need it, where to find the link for the 2021 form and what information you will need to gather to fill it out.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
ECF 360
The Episcopal Church Foundation is happy to introduce you to its newest initiative, ECF360, a new single on-line source for raising financial resources for your Episcopal parish or organization. As the church continues to change, its leaders need new ways to raise a variety of gifts to fund mission and ministry. ECF360 can support your efforts both now and in the future.

Becoming Beloved Community
As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God.
StorySharing Circles
Our diocese—in our commitment to Becoming Beloved Community—is turning to StorySharing this year as a sacred practice that cultivates right relationship with ourselves, our neighbors, and God. StorySharing is different from storytelling in that it is relational, a mutual practice of listening, sharing, and witnessing. StorySharing invites a listening each other into wholeness: by listening for God, for belovedness, we remember that more than belonging to one another, we share one body

All are welcome. Register here

Dates and themes:
2/18 - Wilderness
2/25 - Loss
3/4 - Zeal
3/11 - Uncovering
3/18 - Trouble
3/25 - Bless
4/1 - Doubt
Stepping Out of the Shade
A grounding series exploring sacred questions inviting us into curiosity, compassion, and connection.

February 21: What have you lost?
March 7: Where does it hurt?
March 21: What do you dream?

Together, we will awaken to our wholeness, experience the truth of our mutual belonging, remember our interconnectedness, and discover the roots of racial trauma.

You are welcome to join one, some, or all
Lenten Book Clubs
Lenten Book Clubs
Both groups will be reading Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. We will meet via Zoom starting Tuesday, February 23.

Circles of Practice
We are launching a new Circle of Practice on Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm beginning Feb. 23. We will begin by rooting ourselves in the vision and practices of Becoming Beloved Community. All are welcome.

If you are interested in joining our Friday Circle of Practice that meets from 10-11:30am, please email Amy for the Zoom info.
Advocacy: Restoring fairness and transparancy in US elections
For the People
HR 1, the For the People Act, has been re-introduced in the new Congress and offers important remedies to many serious distortions in the American electoral system: barriers to voting, gerrymandering, and the disproportionate power of major donors. This bill offers Congress a way to advance the goal of all eligible voters having equal access and equal voice. It addresses many state laws and processes (such as partisan gerrymandering) that disproportionately burden and disenfranchise people of color and the poor.

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Connecting with our cathedral
Music Live at Lunch
Music Live at Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral's weekly concert series, will feature these upcoming performances listed below in February. Currently these free concerts are being live streamed via Facebook on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m.

Feb 16: TBA
Feb 23: Noyse Merchants

Coming up in March:
Mar 2: The Price Hill Duo
Mar 9: Wayside Winds
Mar 16: The Faux Frenchmen
Mar 23: The Brussels Sprouts
Mar 30: Cathedral resident musicians: Vocal and instrumental music for Holy Week
"Shrove Sunday" Jazz Mass

Sunday, February 14
10 a.m.

The traditional last hurrah before the upcoming lent season, "Shrove Sunday" is our observance of the final outpouring of energetic emotion before the contemplative time that is ushered in by Ash Wednesday.
Music to include: Gloria from A Little Jazz Mass -- Bob Chilcott; Jazz Alleluia -- Craig Curry.
The jazz trio led by our own Shiloh Roby, includes Mike Sharfe on Bass, and Bobby Sharp on Drums. 

Please join us for the live stream of this service.
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Organ Recital

Sunday, February 14
4 p.m.

Organist Jonathan Moyer performs a program titled “The Joys and Delights of Heaven and Earth” on C.B. Fisk Opus 148 in Christ Church Cathedral’s Centennial Chapel. The program brings together contrasting repertoire from across centuries, traditions, and geographies, representing both the terrestrial and celestial experience through intimate expressions of prayer, exultant hymns of praise, lively dances, and works of contrapuntal ingenuity. 

No admission charge. Join us for a live stream of this recital.
*In Response to COVID-19
All programming is subject to change due to pandemic-related restrictions. Whenever possible, we will offer services and concerts via live stream if in-person gatherings are not permitted. Please check the cathedral website (cincinnaticathedral.com) for updates throughout the season.
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Past announcements
Lawrence Home Association’s Academic Grant for Minority Women program
The Lawrence Home Association, founded in 1896 under the will of philanthropist Eleanor Earnshaw, was started to “provide a Christian home for self-supporting, young women on limited means, the most important aim being to help them elevate their standard of life.” To this day, the Lawrence Home Association provides opportunities for young women.

An eight-member board of women, appointed by the bishop, meets once a year to vote on recommendations for academic grants for minority women, scholarships for clergy daughters and funding for social-service agencies whose mission is to serve women of limited means and help them move out of conditions related to poverty, abuse, etc.

The purpose of the Academic Grant for Minority Women program is to help finance the postsecondary education of minority women, regardless of age, who are affiliated with an Episcopal church within the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

The association expects to make eight grants in 2021. The application deadline is March 15, 2021. All applicants for the 2021-22 grant period will be selected by April 15, 2021, and notified by May 15 about the status of their applications. To obtain an application, go online to https://episcopaliansinconnection.org/financial-assistance-2/
Clergy daughters tuition assistance
Tuition assistance is available for daughters of priests who are in active service in the diocese. This is offered by the Lawrence Home Clergy Daughters Tuition Assistance. Candidates must be undergraduate students in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Any priest with a daughter who meets these qualifications, please contact Ann Sabo at asabo@diosohio.org by April 1 with the following information:
  • Your name
  • Home address
  • Daughter's name
  • Academic status year i.e. sophomore, etc.
  • Name of college/institution

Students are eligible to receive a grant each year for up to four years. Last year's recipients must resubmit their names to be considered for a grant this year. Requests arriving after the deadline will not be considered for assistance. Please contact Ann Sabo with any questions at asabo@diosohio.org or 513-421-0311.
Job opportunities
St. Paul's, Oakwood (Dayton)
St. Thomas, Terrace Park
Christ Church Cathedral
Calvary, Cincinnati
See all job opportunities at https://episcopaliansinconnection.org/job-opportunities/. Need a job posted? Send your information to communication@diosohio.org.
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